At Last, The Prospect of Accountability for the Police Murder of Breonna Taylor
“In charging four current and former Louisville police officers with violating Breonna Taylor’s civil rights, the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday offered hope for long-delayed accountability for her tragic, disgraceful murder by police. Taylor was the victim of an illegal, no-knock drug raid on her home. She was shot eight times while she lay in her bed. The person the police claimed to be looking for had already been arrested and did not live there. It is worth saying that Breonna was not a suspect and had not committed a crime. However, even if she had, the police are not, and should never be judge, jury, and executioner.
“We continue to stand with Breonna Taylor’s mom and family, and all those who love her, and will not stop fighting for a world where no mother loses her children at the hands of people charged with ensuring public safety. We deserve real systems of community safety rooted in care, health, and economic opportunity, not criminalization, incarceration, and militarized police who act with impunity.”
-Statement of Monifa Bandele, Chief Strategy Officer, MomsRising
“Today, the U.S. Department of Justice said her name, moving to hold four people who are or were police accountable for the March 2020 murder of Breonna Taylor, a young first responder murdered by police while she slept in her bed. Attorney General Merrick Garland was right when he said that ‘Breonna Taylor should still be alive.’ She is not because of police misconduct, which until now has gone without any direct steps toward criminal accountability. We hope these federal charges mean that will finally change.
“Our hearts are with Breonna Taylor’s family in the painful quest for justice, which must be realized. Until we end mass criminalization and mass incarceration and hold police officers who commit crimes accountable, none of us and none of our communities will be safe.”
-Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising